HYMNS AND SONGS

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Selected hymns:


ST NICK AIR

TUNE: danny boy

Each year we celebrate with joy the coming
Of that great Saint of old we love so dear
His legends are the stories we all cherish
They call to mind that Christmas now is near

Chorus: O great St Nicholas, we hail and greet you
We thank you for the good news that you bring
o lead us on to Bethlehem, the Manger,
Where we can pray and joyous songs forever sing

Your love of children, marks your way of caring
The students three, new life you bring to be.
The sailors, soldiers and the ones in prison,
Your power and prayer, the miracles we see. Chorus:

Dear saint your name brings hope and consolation
To people poor and those who suffer wrong
The celebrations and the joy and splendor
Become the theme and message of our song Chorus:
We now receive the gifts you freely give us
As tokens of your generosity
That we must imitate and share the goodness
We at this season in each other see Chorus:

For: Walbrook 2010 by J M Rosenthal
Tune: Londonderry Air May 22
Russian Feast of the Translation Of the Relics to Bari


A PILGRIM HYMN OF ST NICHOLAS
There was a good bishop, whose story is told;
his memory is glorious, his legends are bold:

Rejoice, rejoice, all people today,
rejoice, rejoice, today and always!
2/
We called him Saint Nic’las, a servant of Christ,
who loved little children and taught what was right:
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3/
He is Father Christmas, and Santa Claus too.
He helped many people, the stories are true:
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4/
At Christmas he calls to us, both young and old.
To see that the story of Jesus is told:
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5/
O blessed Saint Nic’las we hail you today.
The patron of many, to show us the way:
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6/
To be good and gen’rous to help those in need.
To be kind to others in both word and deed.
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Text: J M Rosenthal, 2002
For the Cathedral Choir Boys
Refrain: Robert Willis
Tune: LOURDES HYMN 11 11


A SONG OF ST NICHOLAS
There was a good bishop who lived long ago
His memory is glorious, His legends are bold
We call him St Nicholas, a servant of Christ
Who loved little children and taught what was right

2/
He is Father Christmas and Santa Claus too
He helped many people, the stories are true
At Christmas he calls to us, both young and old
To see that the story of Jesus is told

3/
The gifts that he brings us are signs of the love
That comes down at Christmas from heaven above
We see Mother Mary, the babe in the stall,
With Joseph, the wise men and shepherds and all

4/
O blessed St Nik’las we hail you today
The patron of many, you show us the way
To be good and generous, to help those in need
To be kind to others in both word and deed

Suggested tune: ST DENIO (Welsh)
JMR2000 Millennium


A ST NICHOLAS CAROL
Saint Nicholas the children’s friend
Joyful sing we
His miracles a blessing send
Joyful sing we
All the people shout with glee
Now the blessed saint to see
May we all right merry be
Happy Day, Holy Day
Celebrate with gladness
2/
The sailors, captives, all are free
Joyful sing we
The daughters three new life now see
Joyful sing we
All the people shout with glee
Now the blessed saint to see
May we all right merry be
Happy Day, Holy Day
Celebrate with gladness
3/
He comes with gifts beyond compare
Joyful sing we
He tells us of God’s love and care
Joyful sing we
All the people shout with glee
Now the blessed saint to see
May we all right merry be
Happy Day, Holy Day
Celebrate with gladness

Written for the celebration to launch the
Newcastle Cathedral of St Nicholas
Project Newcastle Upon Tyne 2006 December 5th
By J M ROSENTHAL,
Tune: Salve Regina/Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above (Sister Act)


A BALLAD OF ST NICHOLAS

Let us sing the song of Nicholas
The saint we celebrate
We are happy to remember him
His legends they are great
As he brings much happiness and joy
To every girl and boy
St Nicholas we cheer
Chorus:
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah
St Nicholas we cheer
2/
As he saved three girls from poverty
The sailors sailed with ease
Innocent the soldiers now could be
His miracles we see
Golden balls show generosity
His bishop’s robes dons he
St Nicholas we cheer
3/
Let us be like him in all he did
For Christmas we prepare
For in Bethlehem we now can see
Jesus, his Mother’s care
As we celebrate this season bright
As children of the light
St Nicholas we cheer

Written – July 2006
Copyright: J M Rosenthal
Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic
For the St Nicholas Society



AN ANTHEM FOR ST NICHOLAS
Wonderworker, friend of children,
sailors hail the name;
Nicholas, the victor glorious,
help us learn the way
To be instruments of care,
our lives declare
your faith and prayer.
2/
Helping poor, restoring goodness,
first to reconcile;
“Nicholas,” the people clamour,
“never leave our side,
Yours the mighty deeds,
the gifts, the works of love,
O wondrous bliss.”
3/
Gracious saint, our friend and brother,
strong in zeal and power,
Now we celebrate with wonder,
all that you have done,
Still your fame and story blend,
as you befriend,
to give us joy.
4/
And at Christmas blessed Nicholas
help us see the way,
to reach Bethlehem with gladness,
and in awe adore
that with you we may fulfil
God’s holy will
and love yet more.

Text: J M Rosenthal
Tune: Guiting Power 85 85 79
Copyright © 2006 J M Rosenthal, used by permission
Written for the cast and crew of Nicholas of Myra, following a visit to Wonderworker Studio.



DEDICATED TO THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS
When tempests rage, the storm-tossed sea
Its dangers, sailors strive to flee
The cries from ship to shore are clear
They echo far so all can hear
St Nicholas the sailors friend
Stay with us now, our lives defend

A mighty word, the saint extends
To ask the Lord, your mercy send
That holding tight the tiller’s frame
The storms will cease and all be tame
St Nicholas the sailors friend
Your prayers surround us to life’s end

Now bless us on the sea of life
As we against all deadly strife
Live out our lives courageously
At home, at work and on the sea
O wonderworker and our friend
Your blessing to us now extend.

J M Rosenthal 2008 March
Tune: Melita (Eternal Father, Navy Hymn)